Finding a niche: Small markets, big profits

October 8th, 2009

How and why digital graphics companies are succeeding because they found their niche. By Gail Nickel-Kailing I was sent on a quest to find digital graphics companies that are printing on textiles in niche markets. So what is a niche? Why a niche market? And who are these people? “Merriam-Webster” says that a niche market […]

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The advantages of inflatable structures

October 7th, 2009

Flexible and economical, air-supported structures fill multiple market niches. By Holly O’Dell When it comes to inflatable products, many people think of bouncy castles, parade floats or dancing tubes used for advertising. But the world of air-supported structures, or inflatables, extends far beyond the use of entertainment and advertising to industrial, military, architectural and aerospace […]

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IFAI Expo ’09 highlights

October 7th, 2009

Recognizing excellence The winners of the 2009 IFAI International Achievement Awards for design excellence in specialty fabrics were announced at IFAI Expo 2009 in San Diego. This year marks the 62nd annual competition, with 416 entries received in 28 competition categories from companies in 17 different countries. The goal of the International Achievement Awards program […]

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Awnings at the White House

October 7th, 2009

Compiled by Juli Case With all the interest in the U.S. for conserving energy and sustainability, do we know if awnings were ever on the White House? Yes, awnings used to be a regular feature on the White House. Specifically, they provided shade on the South Portico area of the building. There were also often […]

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Calibration tailors monitoring instruments for fabric industry needs

October 7th, 2009

Problem: Inaccurate monitoring instruments could provide misleading data about supplies. Supplies that are particularly sensitive to temperature or humidity can have their storage conditions monitored with data loggers or chart recorders that are specifically tuned for accuracy in the targeted range for quality control. A Custom Point calibration will help ensure that monitoring instruments are […]

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Tester measures fogging characteristics of automotive interior materials

October 7th, 2009

Problem: A method is needed to minimize harmful contaminants found in automobile interior materials. The FT-F1 Fogging Tester is designed to test the fogging characteristics of automotive interior materials, which measures the tendency for plastic or elastomeric materials to volatize substances that can condense and collect on interior surfaces. It features wide temperature range and […]

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Device accurately measures principle types of fabric strain

October 7th, 2009

Problem: Manufacturers need a cost-effective means to test fabric performance. Fabric Testing Utility (FTU) is designed to advance the OptiTex system’s ability to recreate the dynamics of fabric movement on fully adjustable, lifelike, virtual mannequins. The lightweight, briefcase-sized device accurately measures the four principal types of fabric strain: bend, stretch, shear and friction. The machine […]

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Atkins focuses on fabrication

October 7th, 2009

Chris Atkins minimizes his company’s scope to maximize quality. By Sigrid Tornquist “I thought, if we specialize in an area that we can control and do well—surely my life is going to be a lot easier,” says Chris Atkins, president of Atkins Fabrication in Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia. “And it has worked out that way.” […]

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Camper provides comfort without boundaries

October 7th, 2009

[Safety Components] Greenville, S.C., U.S.A. Exploring the outdoors, hunting in remote settings and fishing in secluded ponds just got easier. Designed primarily for ATV towing, the Paiute from Evergreen Off Road Campers provides comfort without boundaries. Made of durable WeatherMax fabric from Safety Components, the all-season, impact-resistant camper offers strength, breathability, and abrasion, impact and […]

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Packable bowl doubles as food carrying case

October 7th, 2009

[The Last US Bag Company] Vancouver, Wash., U.S.A. LUSB Bluefig is about to unleash a dog dish on the market that’s as packable as your own gear. Created from scrap material, the Ultralight GoBowl! Combo doubles as a food carrying case and zips shut as one compact piece. The pleated construction and lightweight 200d Oxford […]

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